Lḵoot (Place of Abundance of Food)

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Alternate Name: 
Chilkoot Village
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This is the name given to the village that was on the Chilkoot River between the lake and the mouth of the river. This village was smaller than Tlákw.aan and Yandeist'akyé, possessing only eight houses and 120 inhabitants according to Petroff's 1880 census (though this number is bound to be an underestimate, and the population was likely much higher historically [13]). In the post-contact era Lkoot was ravaged by disease, damaged by landslides, and eventually abandoned, as people became consolidated in the larger settlement of Haines by the 1930s. [6]

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59° 20' 2.2848" N, 135° 33' 15.6564" W
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Early Spring

Spring came super early this year. On May 8, 2016 I felt a little rushed thinking about where to find fiddlehead ferns. These tight coils become the ferns that we see everyday. Unraveled, ferns are toxic to eat. But baby ferns are a great source of nutrients. I could have been out at Chilkoot Lake all day collecting them. At home, I'm glad that I didn't. The handfuls that I gathered took a long time to clean off the brown flaky part under running water. I could have ate them fresh, or pickled, froze, or fried them up. I fried them up with butter and salt and they tasted like asparagus. Pickled fiddleheads are my next project because those are delicious and I could eat them long after spring.

Ikaduwakaa and the Storyboard are part of the Doorways to the Past; Gateway to the Future project, cooperatively supported by the Chilkoot Indian Association, Haines Borough Public Library, and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and lifelong learning.